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Auburn AD Defends Newton

Amidst a growing smear campaign against his school’s quarterback, Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs has decided to speak out in defense of Cameron Newton.

In a statement released today Jacobs said:

“In the past 24 hours, a lot of allegations have surfaced that date back two years ago and further.  These allegations and rumors about Cam Newton are unfortunate and sad because they seem intent on tearing down the reputation of a young man who has done everything we’ve asked him to do.

“Cam has been and continues to be completely honest with us.  Cam is, by all accounts, a great kid.  Any discussion of academic records is a clear violation of federal privacy laws.  We will not go down that path or stoop to that level as others have apparently done.  We will, however, emphatically say that Cam is eligible to play football at Auburn University both academically and athletically.  I am proud of this young man and the progress has has made to be a better football player and a better man.  We are truly blessed that Cam is a part of the Auburn family, and we support him 100 percent.”

A tip of the hat to Jacobs.  There is a risk in backing someone so publicly as it’s impossible to know what shoe might drop next.  So the fact that Jacobs chose to defend AU’s quarterback so forcefully should tell everyone that the folks in Auburn’s administration feel pretty darn good about the character of Newton today.


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